I have many funny animal encounters captured by camera that I am looking forward to share. This one is amusing because it involves a feral cat and the Desert Sonoran Toad, which is poisonous to touch.

You could say that this cat and toad have a toxic relationship. No doubt, the cat wants to eat the toad or, at a minimum, play with it. If that happened, in order to protect himself, the toad would secrete toxins that may be deadly to the cat. Thus, they could never really be friends.

I am pleased to report they both survived their encounter that night and parted as good acquaintances.

FYI: Desert Sonoran Toads are carnivores and can have voracious appetites. These toads are a terrific desert garden friend because they have a diverse diet including insects, spiders, snails, beetles, grasshoppers, and mice. They may also eat small snakes, lizards, and other toads.

SOUTHWEST WILDLIFE CONSERVATION CENTER

The Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC) is an amazing non-profit organization that rescues, rehabilitates, and releases back into the wild Arizona and other wildlife. Here are their Facebooks posts about a bobcat family they recently saved. Despite my canine bias, I must say, these cats are gorgeous.

THANK YOU SWCC!!!!!

SWCC Contact: https://www.southwestwildlife.org/

7 paws

Dog Mabel

7 paws

My backyard is a wildlife habitat. I have lots of pics and videos that I will share featuring my encounters with nature and many wildlife friends.

I have three siblings - Lambchop (a white poodle mix), Tabby (a tabby cat), and Kit-Kat (a black cat). They will also be contributing to my blog, especially Tabby since she has a lot of issues - I mean, to discuss.

Please watch my welcome video below to learn more about my blog.

THANK YOU for your viewership!

Happy Tails,
MABEL